ISLAMABAD: Declaring its ties with U.S. as ‘strong,’ Pakistan on Saturday made it clear that it would continue bilateral engagements in the light of Parliament’s resolution adopted in a joint session in wake of May 2 incident. This was said by foreign office spokesperson Samina Janjua while giving weekly press briefing here Saturday in foreign office. She told talks were under way with U.S. in connection with restoration of military aid.
She went on to say Afghanistan was an important country and peace in Afghanistan guarantees peace in the whole world. Pakistan supports ongoing diplomatic process in Afghanistan. Future of Afghanistan has to be decided by people and government of Afghanistan, she added. Decision to delist Taliban has to be taken by Afghan government, she underlined. Pakistan will support every step towards establishment of peace in Afghanistan.
Samina Janjua said Pakistan and India both were facing terrorism and both the countries had agreed on resolving the issues through dialogue. Pakistan had strongly condemned Mumbai blasts, she held. Meeting of Indo-Pak joint working group with reference to CBMs at line of control would begin from July 18 in New Delhi, she pointed out.
Responding to a question she said foreign secretary and later ministerial level talks between Pakistan and India would take place as scheduled. Mumbai attacks would not affect relations between Pakistan and India, she maintained. Dates for the talks are likely to be announced by the end of this month, she added.
She told state minister for foreign affairs Hina Rabbani would represent Pakistan in AASIAN conference commencing from July, 22 in Indonesia. Pakistan would participate in this conference as observer.-Online